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Top 5 Reviews and Videos of the Week: Mazda CX-30 Climbs Over Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Palisade

2020 Mazda CX-30

Among the new cars that we’ve been driving recently, one of the most exciting has been the 2020 Mazda CX-30 — a subcompact SUV that will fit into Mazda’s lineup between the even more subcompact (Subbercompact? Subcompacter?) CX-3 and the compact CX-5. Cars.com reviewer Fred Meier finds it stays true to Mazda’s driver-focused philosophy.

“Handling is controlled and consistent. The CX-30 is easily the drivers’ small SUV — even though, like the Mazda3, the CX-30 uses a cheaper torsion-beam rear suspension rather than a fully independent multilink setup,” Meier stated in his review, which landed in the No. 1 spot this week among our most-read expert car critiques.

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We also got to drive the redesigned 2020 Toyota Highlander, Toyota’s popular three-row SUV, which couldn’t make it to us in time for Cars.com’s 2020 3-Row SUV Challenge, an intensive, class-spanning multicar comparison test. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays got behind the wheel of multiple versions of the Highlander, including the Highlander Hybrid.

“With a 2.5-liter four-cylinder instead of last year’s V-6-based hybrid system, the 2020 Highlander Hybrid loses a step in onramp acceleration,” Mays writes in his second-place-ranking review, “but its gas-electric drivetrain (243 hp) and continuously variable-style transmission kick up revs readily while in motion if the engine is running — better response, frankly, than you get from the regular Highlander’s indecisive eight-speed.”

Speaking of the 3-Row SUV Challenge, we now have a detailed review of the winner, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, this week’s No. 3 review.

“[W]here the Palisade’s driving experience excels is ride quality,” according to Cars.com reviewer Brian Wong, “which (again) approaches — if not matches — luxury levels of refinement. Broken pavement, road seams and rough roads pass below you imperceptibly, and the cabin is almost eerily quiet. Its isolation is just about good enough that the Palisade could pass for the SUV that Genesis, Hyundai’s fledgling luxury brand, is missing.”

New at No. 5 this week among our most popular reviews: What Genesis isn’t currently missing is a flagship sedan, which comes in the form of the G90 full-size sedan, which Wong also tested. He found the polarizing face of the G90 growing on him away from its debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.

“How observers feel about the grille varies widely; even on our staff, opinions were mixed — and by mixed, I mean I’m the one who didn’t like it overall,” Wong stated. “However, getting the G90 out of the auto show lights and into the real world helps, and I found myself coming around on the new grille (and those delightfully funky wheels).”

Also on the list of most popular reviews this week was our Joe Bruzek’s review of the lightly refreshed 2020 Lexus RX SUV, landing in the fourth-place slot.

Popular videos this past week included our video breaking down the aforementioned 2020 3-Row SUV Challenge. Give it a look to see what our judges thought of our field of competitors and why the Palisade came out on top in a very close contest. Other popular videos include two First Impressions reviews from the L.A. auto show, featuring the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette and the 2020 Land Rover Defender.

Take a look at the most popular reviews and videos below.

Top 5 Reviews

1. 2020 Mazda CX-30 Review: Stylish Small SUV Right-Sized for U.S.

2. 2020 Toyota Highlander Review: More in Some Ways, Not in Others

3. 2020 Hyundai Palisade Review: A Winning Formula

4. 2020 Lexus RX Review: Just What the Doctor Ordered

5. 2020 Genesis G90 Review: New Face, Same Space

Top 5 Videos

1. 2020 3-Row SUV Challenge

2. 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye: Drag-Strip Tested

3. 2020 Land Rover Defender: First Impressions

4. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8: First Impressions

5. 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Review

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